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    NVIDIA releases a 12GB GeForce RTX 3080

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Tuesday, 11 January - 14:37 · 1 minute

For those of you with money to burn who want a new GPU, perhaps the latest from NVIDIA will catch your eye? They've introduced a new model of the GeForce RTX 3080 . It's a small but noticeable upgrade to the original, and only available to a select few partners right now

The bump not only ups the memory from 10GB to 12GB but also goes from 8704 to 8960 CUDA Cores, and you're also getting a memory bus jump from 320-bit to 384-bit. You're going to need just a little bit more power for it too, as NVIDIA say it needs 350 watts compared with the 320 on the 10GB model.

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While it's nice to see new models - is anyone even going to be able to buy one? Even if you can, will it be a reasonable price? Probably a big no to both. You also wouldn't really know it exists, since NVIDIA for some reason decided to keep this release on the quiet side. It's sad to see yet another ridiculously expensive high-end model being made, when there's such a shortage everywhere on all models.

I'm still rocking a RTX 2080 Ti which is thankfully rather powerful so I don't need to upgrade the main GamingOnLinux machine GPU for some time to come.

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    Buck Up And Drive! is a retro-racing delight now on Steam

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Tuesday, 11 January - 12:57 · 1 minute

Buck Up And Drive! is a fusion of classic retro endless racing with a few fun twists, like 1v1 car fighting mode. Previously only available via itch.io, it's screeched over to Steam now too.

Since we last wrote about it in the Summer of 2021, it's added a bunch of new content for the full release too and it's looking like it's quite amusing. I grew up with racers like this on the Amiga, so it speaks to me quite personally. The developer is quite funny about it too, saying "There is time to explain, I just don't wanna.". Not really selling us on it but the trailer below speaks enough for itself I think.

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Game Features:

  • Endless driving game inspired by arcade classics, with simple yet intense gameplay featuring a total slap in the face of realism. And a kick in the spleen, too!
  • Procedurally generated track with multiple environments to visit, ranging from the somewhat realistic to the completely absurd. GO TO HELL!... literally!
  • PINK. BACKFLIPPING. TRUCKS. ON THE FUCKING MOON.
  • Go 1v1 against another player (or a CPU) in a fighting mode. With cars. I dunno either, I came up with it while in the shower.
  • Customizable car decals through external image files. Put "eggplants" all over the cars, for all I care!
  • Controls for both game modes are 8 directions and one button. Play one-handed, if you want! Keep your other hand for... holding orange juice! Yes!

Available on itch.io and Steam .

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    Dead Cells: The Queen and the Sea DLC is out now

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 10 January - 11:20

Ready for another run? Dead Cells: The Queen and the Sea DLC is out now and brings with it plenty of new enemies to hack and slash your way through.

The release came with a fancy animated trailer to feast your eyes on:

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All the DLC purchases help to support the ongoing development of Dead Cells, with more free updates planned and it also goes towards Motion Twin's next project that's currently under development. We're expecting at least another year of free updates, which they announced previously. It may be longer, if sales keep up.

You can pick up Dead Cells from Humble Store , GOG and Steam .

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    Linux Mint 20.3 is out with theme adjustments, Document Manager, Dark Mode

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 10 January - 11:06 · 1 minute

Another brand new distribution release with Linux Mint 20.3 now officially available following the Beta release in December 2021. Not much has changed since the Beta, other than ensuring any nasty bugs didn't slip through to provide a pretty good desktop experience for both new and experienced users who want the simple life.

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The look and feel of Linux Mint has been tweaked with this release to have larger titlebar buttons, rounded corners and an overall "cleaner" theme with better dark mode support - plus a bunch of new rather lush looking backgrounds to pick from. Accent colouring to grab your attention in places was also adjusted, and removed from some places. There's also the ability for some applications to have a dark theme while the desktop keeps its lighter theme. Only a few applications currently support this mixed theming.

Other changes include:

  • Searching in the Sticky Notes app.
  • A new Document Manager called Thingy.
  • Hypnotix IPTV player gained a search feature.
  • Multi-calendar events support in the Cinnamon Calendar.
  • Workspace switcher applet: Option to disable scrolling.
  • Notification applet: Option to hide the counter.
  • Window list applet: Option to remove labels.
  • Xreader PDF reader received better support for manga.
  • Cinnamon has support for 3x fractional scaling when the hardware allows it.

Some of the internals includes: Kernel 5.4, a packaging base of Ubuntu 20.04, Flatpak 1.12, linux-firmware 1.187 and depending on what edition you go for there's Cinnamon 5.2, MATE 1.26 and Xfce 4.16.

Linux Mint 20.3 will receive security updates until 2025, with the distribution moving over to a newer Ubuntu package base later this year.

The announcements can be seen on the Mint Blog .

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    Linux Kernel 5.16 is out now bringing the futex2 work to help Linux Gaming

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 10 January - 10:46 · 1 minute

Linus Torvalds has announced the release of Linux Kernel 5.16, bringing with it the usual assortment of new hardware support and improvements everywhere. Plus, there's something big for Linux gaming fans.

The one many have no doubt been waiting for is the inclusion of Collabora's work on FUTEX2 with futex_waitv(). This is supposed to help Linux gaming with Proton / Wine and also Native Linux gaming too. As Collabora developer André Almeida previously described it: "The use case of this syscall is to allow low level locking libraries to wait for multiple locks at the same time. This is specially useful for emulating Windows' WaitForMultipleObjects. A futex_waitv()-based solution has been used for some time at Proton's Wine (a compatibility layer to run Windows games on Linux). Compared to a solution that uses eventfd(), futex was able to reduce CPU utilization for games, and even increase frames per second for some games. This happens because eventfd doesn't scale very well for a huge number of read, write and poll calls compared to futex. Native game engines will benefit of this as well, given that this wait pattern is common for games.".

So with this Kernel version, plus a version of Proton / Wine and any Native games / game engines that support it, you might be able to see better performance.

Masses of other changes as well of course, although plenty of it most normal consumers won't be too excited about just yet. However a few noteworthy interesting bits for desktop / laptop users and gamers (more on KernelNewbies ) like:

  • The addition of DisplayPort 2.0 for AMD GPU
  • Initial USB4 DP tunnelling support for AMD GPU
  • More work towards supporting Intel Xe discrete GPUs
  • Improvements for the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller
  • Better support of HP Omen laptops
  • A small fix for the Steam Deck screen
  • Nintendo Joy-Con and Pro Controller support
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    ChimeraOS 29 brings fixes for Aya Neo, GPD Win 3 and more upgrades

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Friday, 7 January - 11:05 · 1 minute

Continuing to refine the SteamOS-like full-screen experience, ChimeraOS 29 is out now bringing on upgrades and plenty of bug fixes too.

The usual main components have been upgraded including Linux Kernel 5.15.12, Mesa drivers 21.3.3, NVIDIA driver 495.46, RetroArch 1.9.14 and upgrades to their own special helper packages too. Users of a few handhelds will be happy too with ChimeraOS 29 bringing fixed WiFI on the Aya Neo 2021 Pro/Retro Power, there's now a touch-screen driver for the GPD Win 3 and another hardware fix is to stop the ASRock LED controller being recognized as a joystick.

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Along with that there's also some additional libraries added as required by Worms W.M.D, fixed hidden/flickering popup windows in some games, fixed game patches not applying on first boot, improved reliability of downloading and applying game patches and tweaks, an updated default Nintendo 64 config to reduce artifacts on 2D graphical elements and they also updated install media with improved internet connection detection and experimental Intel/Nvidia hybrid graphics support.

I'm still keen to see how ChimeraOS will evolve once SteamOS 3 has a public release. No doubt there will be plenty of things it continues to do that Valve won't be able to do officially (or won't want to do) with SteamOS. Just like you have Proton GE that does things the official Proton doesn't.

See more on the official site .

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    Remnants of the Precursors is a modern take on Master of Orion out now

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Wednesday, 5 January, 2022 - 11:54 · 1 minute

Developed as a modern reincarnation of the original Master of Orion, the free and open source Remnants of the Precursors is officially out now. It's been in development for somewhere around 6 years, with the big 1.0 landing on December 25.

Master of Orion is an absolute classic, and the sequel is one of the games that firmly cemented my absolute love of video games so seeing the genre live on in such a way is awesome. According to the developer "ROTP takes that original award-winning formula and adds high quality artwork, writing, graphical design and AI development to recreate the authentic experience of the original game. There is arguably more quality artwork and writing in ROTP than in almost any space 4X game currently on the market".

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The developer further mentioned that "Each of the ten races has personalized dialogue that aligns with their racial tendencies to bring them to life in a way not possible in MOO1. Which race you choose to play really makes a difference in your tactics, and knowing who your neighbors are and what they care about is an important part of playing well." — and also that — "The technology tree is variable each game and has a real effect on how you design your ships. You can't research every tech, so you will often need to resort to diplomacy, espionage or even war to acquire technologies you desire. Ship combat is turn-based, allowing you to directly command your fleet against the enemy or some of the dangerous space monsters. There is no "blob vs blob" ship combat in ROTP".

Sounds like a huge amount of effort and attention to detail went into this.

Available free / pay what you want from itch.io and the source is up on GitHub . There's a few different licenses depending on the code / artwork but it's looking good.

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    Not Actually A DOS Game looks like a retro delight

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 3 January, 2022 - 15:14 · 1 minute

Do you love retro games (or just retro-styled) and you're a fan of dungeon crawling? Check out the recent release of Not Actually A DOS Game for your latest fix.

Taking the visuals of classics like Rogue, it spices things up a bit to make the style a little more approachable with a slightly more modern interface and some small effects. The result is a game that should appeal to classic roguelike fans while giving some nice quality-of-life adjustments like tooltips, stat comparisons and more. Overall it certainly seems like a solid entry.

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Game Features:

  • A core of classic roguelike gameplay. Descend the dungeon, collect items and kill monsters and bosses.
  • Kill enemies or explore the dungeon to gain floor progress.  Filling up the progress meter spawns a portal to the next floor.
  • 37 pieces of equipment for 13 equipment slots with tooltips and stat comparisons.
  • 11 Spells with multiple combo chains, gained through leveling and new equipment.
  • Discover campfires in the dungeon to cook higher quality foods and upgrade stats.
  • 3 dungeon tile sets.  Forest, Desert and Tundra.
  • A graveyard which grows as the number of your deaths do.

Available to buy on itch.io .

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